Futsal: An Argentinean makes history and is appointed to referee at the Lithuanian World Cup

Futsal: An Argentinean makes history and is appointed to referee at the Lithuanian World Cup

The FIFA Referees Committee has appointed 39 officials from 31 countries from all FIFA confederations to officiate the matches of the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021, which will take place from 12 September to 3 October. 2021 in the cities of Kaunas, Klaipeda and Vilnius. And among them is the Argentine María Estefanía Pinto, who will also be one of the five women chosen to lead in this men’s tournament, along with the Chilean Valeria Nicol Palma, the Russian Irina Elikanova, Iranian Gelareh Nazemi Deylami and the Italian Chiara Perona.

In February this year, the 33-year-old Pinto had been chosen for her first coaching in the men’s South American Qualifiers for the discipline. The Argentine, a native of Sarandí, has been dedicated to referees since 2007, four years later she started her futsal career and has a background as a judge in the specialty women’s Copa Libertadores.

It will also be the first time that there are two Argentine referees in a World Cup of the specialty. The missionary Darío Santamaría will also be part of the game, although his presence was sung since Colorado enjoys a lot of international prestige and it will be his third World Cup, since he had directed in 2012 in Thailand and in 2016 Colombia.

The Argentine referees continue to work, via zoom, with FIFA instructors, with the accompaniment of the AFA and CONMEBOL Referees Department, to act as referees in the next World Cup.

Confirmed World Cup fixture

The Argentine National Team is already preparing in Buenos Aires for the World Cup that will be held this year in Lithuania, from September 12 to October 3.

On July 1, the World Cup group draw was held in Zurich and the first rivals of Argentina were defined, whom they will face in the Group Phase:

9/14 USA,

9/17 Serbia

9/20 Iran

Before them, the squad led by Lucuix will seek the classification to the next phase, in search of renewing the title he has held since Colombia 2016.

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